Call for proposals 2017 — Erasmus+ programme — KA3 — Joint qualifications in vocational education and training (VET) EACEA/27/2017 Closed!


The overall objectives of the call are, on the one hand, to increase the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce from which companies should also benefit and, on the other hand, to support joint developments in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness.

The specific objective of the call is to support the preparation or setting up of joint VET qualifications including at higher level or the improvement of such existing qualifications.

The transnational qualifications should comprise strong work-based learning and a mobility component, address learning outcomes, quality assurance and proper recognition while making use of relevant European tools and instruments.

Against the background of high youth unemployment, skills mismatch and shortages as well as the need for higher level skills at sectoral level, joint VET qualifications have the potential to address these challenges and ensure that VET response better to labour market needs.


Beneficiaries should undertake the two main following activities:

  1. Design or improve a joint qualification in VET, aimed at responding to concrete skill needs in the countries with mandatory partners, with a view to its recognition as qualification in each of these countries. The joint qualification should be composed of clearly identified units:
    • defined through a detailed qualification profile, that is a comprehensive outline of the expected learning outcomes,
    • complemented by the design of a joint curriculum, with a strong work-based learning component, and supporting cross-border, transnational and interregional learner mobility,
    • complemented by assessment standards.
  2. Set up new sustainable cooperation structures to ensure transparency, comparability, appropriate quality assurance systems and mutual recognition of qualifications, whilst making existing engagement more systematic and targeted.

Concrete results must be achieved within the project's duration:

  • Design or improve a joint qualification in VET
    • deliver tangible and sustainable outcomes in establishing a joint VET qualification including better transparency, comparability and recognition of those qualifications,
    • provide evidence on how specific skills' needs will be matched with labour market needs in the countries/regions participating in the partnership.
  • Set up new sustainable cooperation structures
    • show concrete efforts to increase employability of VET learners through enhanced work-based learning and inbuilt mobility opportunities,/li>
    • implement long-term synergies to ultimately improve VET attractiveness.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 6,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 31 January 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call 2017 — Erasmus+ - Joint qualifications in vocational education and training (VET) (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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